Misty Mountain IPA - Back East Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Misty Mountain is a great example of the American-style India Pale Ale synonymous with Craft Beer. Originally brewed for sailors on shipping routes between England and India, British IPAs are known for their strong hop bitterness, which were added as a preservative for the long voyage. The American adaptation is decidedly stronger and offers a more robust hop bite. Back East IPA is no exception. This assertively hopped beer has a great hoppy aroma, crisp hop bite, and smooth medium body.

(Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-18-2012)
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4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second introductory beer from this new Connecticut brewer, found at Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT, this IPA is a dark orange copper color with a magnanimous near oatmeal colored head and healthy lacing. The aroma is a unique skunk cabbage malt with leafy hop and an almost chocolatey edge. Firm and nice. The flavor is again unique and oh so good. Lots more skunk cabbage malt and leafy hops that send a bitter streak to the back of your throat. The combination brings an almost minty, root-like flavor that presents in a fairly bready, grain way. It’s a medium body brew with a very fine but effective carbonation that makes for a mellow, smooth feel with a little bit of crispness. Delicious and very sessionable in my book.

Photo of davey101
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 64 oz growler. Freshness unknown.

A - Pours a nice clear dark amber body. A two finger high head forms with tight bubbling. Settles down to very thin cap with a moderate amount of lacing and retention.

S - Piney hops. A whole lot of them. A touch of caramel and bready malt round the beer out as well as a light alcohol presence.

T - Very clean and simple. Pine forward with almost no citrus or fruit. The caramel malts provide a nice bready warmth and sweetness. The finish is super bitter. I'm curious to know the IBU's as this comes off more like a DIPA. Mouth feel is light to medium with nice carbonation and a clean slightly dry finish that really lets the bitterness do its thing.

O - I was surprised how good this was. Maybe its because its a somewhat fresh growler, but this is damn tasty. This may be my go to pine bomb when I want a break from the citrus heavy IPA's of the world. This brewery has great promise!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a cold growler into a snifter. SPlit the growler with my two brothers and fish113d.
the beer pours a clear amber color with some fluffy beige colored head of about .5 cm that fades to a surface layer quickly after pour.
The aroma is light caramel and toffee mixed with some grass,citrus rind and spicy hop profile. Not a huge nose but it is enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. Dont expect double IPA nose from this beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine gentle carbonation. Texture is smooth and crisp. Overall physical properties are nice.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel that rolls to earthy spicy hops that finishes a bit dry. No hints of any booze and the dry finish entices the next swallow of beer.
The beer is very drinkable and we polish off the growler with no problems. Everyone was happy with this solid IPA offering from a new brewery in CT!

Photo of Zbyler
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a bottle given to me by a distributor/salesman

A- Nice dark golden color. A bit cloudy in the glass with some nice bubbles sprinting towards the off white finger of head on the top.

S- Sweet malts take over the smell, a slight hop hop aroma but not as much as I was expecting.

T- Big delicious piney/ citrus hops up front. A bit of tart grapefruit and other citrus notes. Gives way to a sweet malt backbone and a deliciously sweet finish. Every sip makes you want another.

M- Nice mouth feel, subtle carbonation. A bit heavy on the tongue.

O- Overall I was very surprised with this beer. Had this one after previously having their Imperial IPA. Great hop flavor with a nice palette cleansing sweet finish to it. A very good beer overall in my opinion. The 7% ABV is not noticeable until after you have had a few.

Photo of Querty8
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw this beer at a local store...heard it was from CT so I grabbed a six pack.

A - Poured into a mason jar....looks great...unfiltered, burnt orange color...one inch head.

S - Smell is ok...definitely refreshing with a little bit of malt and hops.

T - Starts off very hoppy but I started picking up more malty flavors 1/4 of the way through, awesome. I usually like more grapefruity/ citrusy IPA's but something here is making me want to chug this.

M - Decent carbonation....I usually prefer more with a prickly mouthfeel but this is not far behind.

O - Great drinkable IPA....definitely plan on killing the sixer with my Gf. Close to a hop bomb but not quite there. I haven't tried there Double IPA but I'm guessing it is spot on.

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time having this. In a can, poured in a glass. To me it smells like a lager. No potent or distinct smells. Taste is very smooth. At 7% it is just as easy to drink as a yuengling. Very refreshing. Very faint hop taste, smooth finish. I wouldn't say this is for hop heads, but overall a very good beer that could be refreshingly drank one after another.

Photo of EvanJohnson
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I try to buy CT beer when possible and decided to give this one a go. The head on this is intense. Even a gentle pour into the glass yielded about a 2" head that stuck around. This made for a great first sip that packed a lot more hop than I was expecting. Smooth and malty without the overbearing malt that some bigger East Coast IPAs bring. I usually lean towards more citrusy style IPAs but this one was great. It's a nicely balanced beer in my book with equal parts hop punch and a smooth/dry finish. Great work Back East!

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of strengthdoc
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased from Liquor Depot in Simsbury, CT into an imperial pint glass. Nice thick foamy head with a good amount of lacing and a deep copper color. There was a nice crisp floral hop aroma and the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mild buttery feel on the lips. The taste is a moderately strong floral hoppiness from start to finish with a nice pine aftertaste. This is a very good IPA, I really enjoyed the consistency, but it could use a little more body.

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Misty Mountain IPA from Back East Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.